Several local law enforcement agencies and governments will observe National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for April 27, by collecting old, unused drugs in a safe way.

According to a news release, the day is a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) awareness campaign to encourage citizens to safely dispose of unused or expired drugs in a safe, convenient and responsible way. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Unused prescriptions thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.

According to the DEA, the last Take-Back Day brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs. Since 2010, the DEA has collected 10.9 million pounds of prescription drugs. The DEA also says that most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances, and the most frequent source is the home medicine cabinet. Lives can be saved and addictions prevented through the proper disposal of unused medications.

“The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, as well as illegal drugs, present a danger to the health and mental health of our residents as well as Americans across the country,” Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Director LaTrina Foster said in a news release.

April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the following agencies and governments, some in partnership with local businesses, will collect the drugs at the following locations:

Atlanta Police Department: Zone 2 precinct, 3120 Maple Drive in Buckhead

Brookhaven Police Department: Kroger pharmacy department, 3871 Peachtree Road, or Cowart Family YMCA, 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road

Fulton County: residents can drop off their old drugs at one of 22 drug drop box locations, though drugs can be placed into those boxes at any time. These drug disposal boxes are placed in locations that offer secure monitoring, collection and disposal in accordance with current federal regulations. Pharmaceuticals are regularly retrieved from the locked boxes and transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation incinerator in metro Atlanta by law enforcement personnel. To find the nearest drug drop box near you, visit http://bit.ly/2W6NHnm.

Sandy Springs Police Department: Kroger at the CityWalk shopping center, 227 Sandy Springs Circle

Cobb County/WellStar Health System: WellStar Vinings Health Park, 4441 Atlanta Road in Smyrna

For additional information on finding a Take-Back Day collection site near you, visit http://bit.ly/2IJWTLl.

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